Bentley leads team to Washington to lobby for new Healthcare law

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, March 20, 2017, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) was joined by Speaker of the House Mac McCutcheon (R-Monrovia), State Senator Trip Pittman (R-Montrose), Senate Majority Leader Greg Reed (R-Jasper), State Medicaid Commissioner Stephanie Azar, and key aides in Washington DC. The team is in Washington hoping to influence the effort to repeal and replace the controversial Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, better known as Obamacare.
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Why Obamacare must go

Bradley Byrne

By Congressman Bradley Byrne (AL-1)

“In a death spiral.” Those are the words Mark Bertolini, CEO of Aetna, one of our nation’s largest insurance companies, used to describe the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.

When I first ran for Congress in 2013, repealing and replacing Obamacare was a top priority. I introduced a bill to repeal the law, which passed the House but never reached the President’s desk. Unfortunately, with President Obama in the White House, our efforts never succeeded. Even when we finally got a repeal bill to the President’s desk, he vetoed it.
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Medicaid Chief paints dire picture

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Medicaid needs more money.

No, this isn’t a reprint of a news story from last fall. It’s the reality once again for the State’s beleaguered Medicaid office. A few months after requiring a special session to dig up $105 million in BP oil spill money to keep Medicaid afloat, the agency’s head told a budget committee on Monday that it needs an additional $44 million in 2017 to meet its needs. Read More

With Trump’s inauguration, many Alabamians wonder what happens after Obamacare repeal

Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

OPELIKA, Ala.—In Opelika, Alabama, there is a small office, tucked away on the second floor of a law practice along the small town’s main street. There’s no sign on the front door indicating its placement, and most wouldn’t know it’s there.

The office belongs to Hannah Duncan, a recent graduate of Auburn University who works as a health care navigator for EnrollAlabama, an organization that helps sign low- and middle-income Alabamians up for health insurance coverage through the federal health insurance exchange set up by President Barack Obama’s 2010 health care law.

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Alabamians wonder what happens after Obamacare is repealed

Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

OPELIKA — In Opelika, Alabama, there is a small office, tucked away on the second floor of a law practice along the small town’s main street. There’s no sign on the front door indicating its placement, and most wouldn’t know it’s there.

The office belongs to Hannah Duncan, a recent graduate of Auburn University who works as a health care navigator for EnrollAlabama, an organization that helps sign low- and middle-income Alabamians up for health insurance coverage through the federal health insurance exchange set up by President Barack Obama’s 2010 health care law.

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US House begins repeal of Obamacare

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Friday, January 15, 2017, the US House of Representatives voted to use the budgeting process to amend the Affordable Care Act using a procedure known as budget reconciliation. Although called a “budget,” this legislation influences, but does not control, future spending. The McConnell-Ryan plan amends Obamacare (but does not repeal it) by stripping several provisions. Under the plan, Obamacare will still exist in a diluted form, and absent the individual and employer mandates. Read More

Palmer appointed to RSC Steering Committee

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

WASHINGTON, DC—Monday, January 9, 2017, Republican Study Committee (RSC) Chairman Mark Walker (R-North Carolina) announced that US Representative Gary Palmer (R-Alabama) has been appointed to the RSC Steering Committee.

The RSC is a caucus of 172 conservative members of the Republican Party in the United States House of Representatives. It’s key legislative initiatives include passing free trade agreements, advocating socially conservative legislation and supporting the right to bear arms. Read More

A translation of US Rep. Bradley Byrne’s “five priorities” column

By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

I read an interesting guest column on Alabama Political Reporter Tuesday, one written by US Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-Mobile). Titled “Five things to watch in 2017,” it listed the five top priorities of the Republicans once so-called Republican Donald Trump is inaugurated as President on Jan. 20.

Byrne was once fairly reasonable. I supported him for Governor when he ran in the Republican Primary against “boob-grabber” Robert Bentley in 2010. Byrne was a solid, moderate, Republican State Senator, and he did a fine job as Chancellor of the State’s two-year college system, riddled in corruption, before he resigned to run for Governor in 2009. Read More

Why doesn’t Alabama care about Alabama?

By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

Here we are, at the end of another year. Sunday starts 2017, a year of uncertainty.

What we do know is that Alabama doesn’t really progress much more than in the bottom 50 of the United States. Frankly, we never have.

And that is what’s on my mind.

Why do we allow our state to be a bottom feeder? Why do we not do what we have to do to make Alabama, a state with amazing resources, with great beauty, with fabulous people, do what’s right? Read More

Thursday is the Last Day to Sign up for Obamacare

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On March 23, 2010, President Barack H. Obama (D) signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (also known as Obamacare), mandating that all Americans purchase healthcare insurance and setting up a complicated regulatory scheme giving the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) massive new powers to regulate healthcare providers and insurers.

Under the terms of Obamacare, the uninsured can only purchase an approved healthcare plan during the annual enrollment period, unless they experience a qualifying event granting a special exception such as getting married or losing your coverage. The annual enrollment period ends on Thursday, December 15. If you have no coverage or want to change your current plan you must sign up by Thursday in order to get coverage for 2017. Citizens who fail to purchase or otherwise obtain coverage will owe a penalty on their income taxes for defying the Affordable Care Act’s coverage mandate.
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